Don’t blink or he is gone! Youngstown Ursuline all-purpose back
Akise Teague, Ohio’s 2010 Mr. Football, showcased his repertoire in the Division V state final before
7,000 spectators, including OSU coach Jim Tressell. Nobody left
2010 DIVISION V STATE FINAL
YOUNGSTOWN URSULINE 51, COLDWATER 21
TEAGUE HIGHLIGHT VIDEO By ScoutingOhio/Mark Porter
MVPHD DOCUMENTARY By Alex Sator
MVP MAGAZINE RECAP: URSULINE AND COLDWATER HOOK UP IN ANOTHER CLASSIC FINAL
By Tim Langevin
Don’t blink or he is gone!
Youngstown Ursuline all-purpose back Akise Teague, Ohio’s 2010 Mr. Football, showcased his repertoire before 7,000 spectators, including OSU coach Jim Tressell. And nobody left disappointed.
The little guy with the big award guided the Irish to a third straight Division V state title, defeating Coldwater 51-21 at Canton Fawcett Stadium Saturday morning.
The 5′ 7″ senior rushed for 249 yards (13.1 avg.) and caught four passes for 94 yards. He finished the game with 405 all purpose yards and five scores.
Ursuline head coach Dan Reardon said, “Teague has been doing it for us all season long. I’ve been spoiled.”
“This week has been overwhelming,” an emotional Teague said. “It was my birthday Tuesday. I won Mr. Football Wednesday. And today we win state.” He stressed, “This game was extra important to me because coach Tressell was watching. Not that every game isn’t important, but this was extra important.”
It has been well-documented that Teague wants to play for OSU. However, no offer has been extended. Two schools that have offered a scholarship are Cincinnati and Wisconsin.
Imagine Braxton Miller and Akise Teague in the same backfield. Don’t blink!
First-year Coldwater head coach Chip Otten said, “We ran up against a team that was bigger, stronger, and faster and well-coached. They did a great job getting Teague the ball in different situations. Those long plays killed us.”
Ursuline scored on the game-opening possession in three plays. QB Paul Kemp ran for seven yards in two plays. Then on third and three, Kempe dumped a screen pass to Teague, who took it to the house 73 yards. Jeff Podolsky ran the two-point conversion and Ursuline led 8-0.
Coldwater responded with a quick drive, covering 72 yards in five plays. QB Ethan Bettinger rose to the challenge completing 3-of-3 passes, including a 49-yarder to WR Reese Klenke for the TD. Chip Otten kicked the PAT and Ursuline led 8-7 with 9:16 still remaining in the first quarter.
Both defenses held serve and then on Ursuline’s third possession, Jesse Curry scampered 53 yards for the score on the first play from scrimmage. The Irish led 15-7 after the first period.
The Cavs were hanging tough, but Ursuline’s offensive line proved invincible, averaging 6′ 4″ and 278 pounds. It was noted that they had the fourth biggest line in the state behind the Cincinnati Bengals, the Cleveland Browns, and Ohio State Buckeyes.
The Irish lit up the scoreboard in the second quarter, scoring a championship game record 29 points to take an insurmountable 44-7 halftime advantage.
Teague accounted for three of the four scores with highlight reel runs of 46 yards, 65 yards, and 17 yards. Don’t blink!
Coach Reardon said, “Didn’t think it would be this lopsided. We have utmost respect for Coldwater Program.”
Coach Otten said, “We knew the game was over at half, but we kept playing hard.”
That they did. Coldwater outscored Ursuline 14-7 in the second half and opened it with a six-play, 65-yard scoring drive. RB Alex Rammel rushed for 18 yards on two plays and then threw a 24-yard TD pass to Reese Klenke from the Wildcat formation. The Ursuline lead was cut to 44-14.
WR Reese Klenke lived up to his billing, catching nine passes for 125 yards and three TDs. He capped a brilliant career this season with 105 receptions for 1,750 yards and 23 TDs.
“Klenke made play after play for us all game. He has done it all year,” Otten said. “Hopefully some colleges noticed that.”
It was a vintage Coldwater scoring drive in the final quarter, mixing the pass with the run to perfection. The Cavs traversed the field 94 yards in 16 plays. They kept the ball from Ursuline 4:55.
Rammel carried the ball three times for 20 yards. Bettinger ran for 15 yards and completed 8-of-11 passes for 59 yards, including a nine-yard TD strike to Klenke.
Coach Reardon said, “So proud of these 10 seniors. They finished what they started-53 wins. They did a tremendous job. So proud to go out on top like this.”
Coach Otten said, “We stayed the course after our 1-2 start. Our 14 seniors hung with us. They found a way to make enough plays to get here.”
Ursuline senior Paul Kempe became only the second QB in OHSAA history to lead his team to three consecutive state championships. The other being Jason Turner, who led Versailles to titles in 1993, 94, and 95. Kempe completed 6-of-9 passes for 119 yards and one TD.
QB Bettinger was 18-of-37 for 197 yards with two TDs for Coldwater.
Backfield mate Alex Rammel played solid on both sides of the ball. He rushed for 55 yards on 10 carries, completed a 24-yard TD pass, and recorded a game-high 11 1/2 total tackles.
Rammel said, “We take pride in being Coldwater Cavaliers. This season people didn’t know what to expect. We got back to state final game. We never give in, never give up.”
Ursuline finished 15-0 and became the sixth school in OHSAA history to win three straight state titles. It was the school’s fourth overall.
Coldwater, which owns two state titles, drops to 11-4 and becomes state runner-up for the fourth time in school history.
And so, it was a dominant performance by Youngstown Ursuline and a gutsy season by Coldwater.